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Tokyo’s Magazine Library opens this Thursday – ten days of magazine love.

A publication about our work culture sounds an interesting idea. Help Day Job magazine raise the money to fund their launch issue.

Book- rather then magazine-orientated, but Books from the Future sounds like a great summer school experience (thanks Joshua).

I’m back in the Netherlands next month, part of a line-up of speakers focusing on front covers at the first National Cover Day that includes Richard Turley from Bloomberg Businessweek, Mirko Borsche from Die Zeit and Coverjunkie Jaap Biemans among many others. May 31, Utrecht.


Small Print launches

With the latest Printout taking place this Wednesday in London, I’m excited to share news from magCulture’s US chapter. Andrew explains:

I’ve been living in New York for a year. It’s an incredibly vibrant hub of independent publishing, yet somehow I haven’t been able to track down a decent event that gathered together magazine-loving people.  A curious omission, so I got together with Jamin from the terrific Kill Screen magazine and we’ve created Small Print, a meet up for makers and lovers of indie mags.

Graciously hosted and supported by the lovely people at Phaidon, our first event is on May 8th at the Phaidon Store in SoHo, starting at 7pm.

It’s free, and the first of a monthly series (except for June). Come one, come all.

To confirm your ticket email ‘Small Print’ to store.soho(at)phaidon.com


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Rick Poynor looks back at Phil Sayer’s portrait photography for the early Blueprint.

In Italy? L’Edicola is a new bienniale in Venice where invited magazines collaborate with artists. The debut event takes place 25 May – 30 June and features Apartamento and unFLOP among others.

In Germany? Mainz is hosting independent publishing fair About About, 4–6 May.

US Vogue wipes ‘A Rose in the Desert’, its online profile of President Assad’s wife.

Help the Salford Zines Library renovate its new space. They’re looking to raise £1k by the end of the month. Donate here.


Printout in the Observer

A big thank you to Tom Lamont and The Observer for today’s coverage of Printout. Tickets are still available for the next event on May 2. Read Tom’s piece here.

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Next Issue is a new iPad tablet-based (not iPad yet though) subscription backed by US publishers including Condé Nast, Hearst, News Corp and Time Inc. $9.99 a month for access to all their monthlies.

Self Publish Be Happy offer a series of two-day workshops in London about how to make publications.

A crazy idea, the main point of which is there’s an online archive of the entire run of Spy magazine.

Eye previews next week’s ‘Facing Pages’ conference in Arnhem, Netherlands. See you there?


Out now: Eye #82

The new Eye is out, and as ever is full of magazine-related goodness.

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Put A Egg On It #5

The fifth issue ofPut A Egg On It is out soon, soon, soon. Love the front cover.



ASME shortlists

When I was last in New York I visited a few magazine offices and noticed several had these metal elephant sculptures in their receptions, generally used as over-sized paperweights keeping hold of latest copies of the magazine. They seemed to exist in small herds – New York magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek each had loads. Now I know why –  they’re awards, originally designed by Alexander Calder, and handed out every year by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Ellies – as they’re known – must be one of the best-looking awards around, essentially because they don’t look like an award.

Ignoring the fact I am highly unlikely to ever be eligible for one let alone win one, I’d love to have one in my house. Thankfully I never got round to asking anyone where I could buy one!

All of which is a long lead in to the news that the shortlists for this years ASME Awards have just been released. See the full lists here, but congratulations to the following who are all nominated for Best Design: Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ, Interview, New York, Wired.

What’s the betting the herds at BBW or New York are about to welcome a new friend?


Next Printout confirmed

Somehow, a year’s gone by and it’s time to celebrate the first anniversary of Printout. And what better way to do so than take a look back at some old favourites? Came and hear Patrick Burgoyne (Creative Review), Simon Esterson (Eye) and Steven Gregor (Gym Class Magazine) and one other speaker TBC present their favourite magazines from the past. The Book Club, Wednesday 2 May.

Tickets available here.